Kinship Care is a program to help support a child who lives outside of his or her home with the relative. The child may be living temporarily or for the long term with a relative such as:
Kinship care helps a family support a child in the home of a relative that might be under stress or when the child has experienced abuse or neglect.
With this support, placing a child in a foster home or another out-of-home care setting may be avoided. For children in the child welfare system who cannot continue living at home with his or her parents, Kinship Care may be another placement option.
The eligibility and program requirements for Kinship Care are set forth in Wisconsin Chapter DCF 58 Administrative Code
There are three basic eligibility requirements for Kinship Care:
Other requirements include:
If you are interested in more information about Kinship Care for a child you are caring for, contact the Waukesha County Foster Care Team
If you are not sure what category your situation falls into, you can use the Kinship Navigator, which will help you know where to go to find the help you need based on your unique situation.
Click here to begin: Kinship Navigator | Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Here are some links that may be helpful for additional resources: